A Quick Peek at Kyoto’s Hanadera Temple
Entrance to the Shojiji Temple (AKA “ Hanadera ” ) 勝持寺 / 花の寺 Kyoto Japan -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Entrance
to the Shojiji Temple (AKA Hanadera)
勝持寺 / 花の寺
Kyoto Japan

Two weeks ago toward the end of a full day of fall-foliage photography that I scratched the surface of in The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple, after a great lunch we made a short visit to Hanadera (The Flower Temple, officially called the Shojiji Temple).

Didn't see too many flowers, being the middle of November and all, but the fall colors were starting to get going.

After Stepping Through the Door -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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After Stepping Through the Door

Here's a wigglegram to give a better sense of the area in front of the main building....

Animatable Wigglegram (12 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

On the veranda of the main building is the contraption that I posted for An Among-the-Fall-Colors “What am I?” Quiz. To refresh your memory, here's the photo that I posted then:

The Contraption in Question something at the Shojiji Temple (AKA “ Hanadera ” ), Kyoto Japan 勝持寺 / 花の寺 -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-22/2488 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The Contraption in Question
something at the Shojiji Temple (AKA Hanadera), Kyoto Japan
勝持寺 / 花の寺

My first impression was that it was some kind of machine for pounding rice into mochi, but I was set straight by a lady I happened to ask.

Impromptu Explanation -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Impromptu Explanation

It's a portable fire extinguisher.

Fire Extinguisher basin, two-man pump, nozzles -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fire Extinguisher
basin, two-man pump, nozzles

It makes sense... Japan has long had a deep ethos for fire prevention, and temple buildings are designed to last thousands of years, but it takes vigilance to keep them safe over that many years.

Business End -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Business End

This looks like some kind of unused part idly sitting in a holder, like an attachment to a vacuum cleaner, but it's actually sitting over the hole where water comes out. There's a hole in one of the faces toward the top into which a nozzle pipe fits, to spray the water. The whole thing can be rotated to change the side-to-side direction, though I'm not sure how they might change the up/down angle.

The pipes used as the spray nozzle can be seen resting on the back of the thing:

Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos

It's 125 years old, and was just sitting there, sort of falling apart.

Anyway, it was a beautiful, rustic temple. I made lots of wigglegrams, so I'll have to revisit the subject soon to post more.

To be continued...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

There’s a dude with a red hat in almost every pic! And I can tell you he’s slow at processing his pictures from that day 😉

The pump was quite interesting, and I still wonder how it worked without seals. The wooden pieces were certainly better adjusted when it was built, but still…

— comment by Damien on December 3rd, 2014 at 5:47pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

“It makes sense… Japan has long had a deep ethos for fire prevention, and temple buildings are designed to last thousands of years, but it takes vigilance to keep them save over that many years.”

I think you meant safe, and not save, yes? Do correct me if I am wrong. 🙂

No, you’re right, it’s the text I’ve corrected, thanks. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob on December 7th, 2014 at 7:43pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink
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